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Gypsies: Cheat Sheet

Greek gypsies wear traditional clothing in this photo from 1930.
Greek gypsies wear traditional clothing in this photo from 1930.
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Stuff you need to know:

  • The Roma people originally came from India, where they were removed by military force in the 11th century.
  • The term “gypsy” derives the mistaken notion that they emigrated to Europe from Egypt.
  • An estimated 500,000 European Romani in the Holocaust during World War II.
  • Although the European Union officially forged a plan to assist its 10 to 12 million Roma in April 2011, Italian and French governments have been destroying Gypsy camps and deporting their residents in the meantime.

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